PAKISTAN: Pastor Meets with Imprisoned Zafar Bhatti

28 May 2024

Source: Church in Chains; The Voice of the Martyrs Canada

Zafar Bhatti has been held in prison for 12 years on allegations of blasphemy. Although initially sentenced to life imprisonment in 2017, the Christian man’s punishment was changed to the death penalty in January 2022. During his time in prison, Zafar has faced various health issues. He suffers from diabetes and has endured two minor heart attacks.

On 2 May, a pastor was able to visit Zafar at the Adyala Prison in Rawalpindi. The visiting Christian leader reported that Zafar’s health remains a serious concern. Prison doctors have expressed alarm that his heart function is very poor and there are no further treatment options available. Zafar’s wife, Nawab, is also in poor health. Blind in one eye, she has developed cataracts in the other. Although cataract surgery is being arranged, she is currently unable to visit her husband in prison.

The detained believer is continuing to appeal his sentence. While a court hearing had been scheduled for 2 May, no judge was willing to hear his case. Consequently, the appeal session is currently listed as pending, with no set date. According to supporters of Zafar, the Christian man has a strong case, but judges in Pakistan have been unwilling to hear blasphemy appeals due to intimidation and pressure from the public to hand down convictions, regardless of the evidence. Prison authorities have recommended that Zafar appeal for bail on medical grounds, likely to avoid international scrutiny should his condition worsen in prison.

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    One response to “PAKISTAN: Pastor Meets with Imprisoned Zafar Bhatti”

    1. Ced Grace says:

      God is alive and always active for those who believe and ask Him. I pray for Him to act powerfully in Pakistan now 🙏

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